Dumalo ang award-winning actor na si Christopher de Leon sa grand launch ng ikalawang yugto ng primetime series na Ikaw Lamang kagabi, August 12, sa 14th floor ng ELJ Bldg., sa loob ng ABS-CBN compound.
Si Christopher, o Boyet, ang gaganap bilang adult Franco, na unang ginampanan ni Jake Cuenca.
Sa pakikipag-usap ng PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) at Cinema News sa award-winning actor ay kinumusta namin sa kanya ang kalagayan ng anak niyang si Miguel, na napabalitang mayroong testicular cancer.
Nagpunta kamakailan si Christopher at ang asawa nitong si Sandy Andolong sa San Francisco, California upang samahan ang maysakit nilang anak.
Pahayag ni Christopher, “It’s testicular germ cell tumor… I don’t like to call it cancer, because the big C for me is Christ.
“It’s inborn. He had an operation when he was five years old pa lang, and then nag-metastasize siya papunta sa lungs.
“We saw the X-ray. Yun nga, napunta sa lungs, that’s what they are trying to eradicate right now.
“As of now, he is still in ICU [Intensive Care Unit].
“As of now, I’m hoping and praying that he’ll get better.
“Of course,” patuloy niya, “it will definitely get better, definitely, because this one, as what they say, is a curable case.
“But still, he’s on respirator. He’s got all tubes, he’s got all the things inserted, nasa loob niya.
“If you are in the one of the best hospitals in America, they save lives.
“All the things that you want for your son to have during a situation like this are there.
“Doctors were really, 24 hours, doing their job—and thank God for that!
“He underwent chemotherapy already for five days and then they stopped.
“What they need right now is CAT [computed tomography] scan.
“You cannot say what it is on X-ray, e, you have to go to CAT scan.
“And the next step would be radiation.”
THE VISIT. Labis naman ang pasasalamat ni Boyet sa mga bumubuo ng Ikaw Lamang dahil pinayagan siyang madalaw si Miguel sa Amerika.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank ABS-CBN, Dreamscape, and all the staff, Sir Deo [Endrinal]... for allowing me to leave and be there eksakto on the day my son was transferred to a better hospital.
“The first one was a good hospital but, you know, mas may high-caliber hospital in San Francisco—California Pacific Medical Center.
“We were taping already, we were like on the road first few weeks, suddenly this happened. My son had an emergency.
“I asked them if they can give me at least a week to visit or check on my son.
“He just collapsed, he was, like, in the ICU.
“Sabi nila, the group, ‘Go now. It’s better for you to go now than wait for another week.’
“I was there for a week.”
Kuwento pa ni Christopher, “Nag-tape na kami for couple of days, then nabalitaan namin, then right away, they allowed me to go.
“Pag-uwi ko kahapon [August 11], diretso kami ng taping. That’s what they showed yesterday.”
Ayon pa sa aktor, naiwan sa Amerika ang misis niyang si Sandy upang alagaan ang kanilang anak.
“Yeah, still, mayroon siyang Home Sweetie Home [ABS-CBN sitcom].
“Sabi niya kay Direk Bobot [Mortiz] and Linggit [Tan], ‘You have to understand, this is my son. I have to be here.’”
Sabi pa ni Boyet tungkol sa anak, “You know, naka-respirator, sumusulat siya.
“If he looks for someone, like ‘W’ would be the wife and ‘NA’ would be Nanay, who is Sandy.
“They call kasi Sandy, ‘Nanay.’
“Sabi nga ng mga tagadoon, ‘What’s NA?’
“’It’s Nanay, that’s how we call her back home.’”
Ikinakataba rin ng puso ni Christopher ang panalangin ng kanilang pamilya, mga kaibigan, kasama sa trabaho, at maging ang mga nasa social media sa paggaling ni Miguel.
“A lot of people have been praying for the recovery of my son, from my community in Oasis, a lot of people, a lot of friends.
“It’s funny, what’s nice about social media and the Facebook, a lot of people are praying, a lot of people are getting involved…”
Si Miguel ang pangalawa sa limang anak nina Christopher at Sandy.
IKAW LAMANG. Samantala, ikinatutuwa naman ni Christopher ang pagkakasama niya sa ikalawang aklat ng Ikaw Lamang.
“It’s an honor to be part of this teleserye, sinubaybayan ko rin naman ito.
“Actually, I love to watch this one, then The Legal Wife.
“I never thought after The Legal Wife, I’ll be part of this show.”
Pinuri rin ng dramatic actor ang naging pagganap ni Jake sa kanilang role.
“Jake’s role, sinasabi nila, kontrabida-kontrabida, but he has the most complicated role—para sa akin, ha.
“He didn’t know na hindi siya tunay na anak and he was rejected by the character of Kim [Chiu], and there was this lolo who was teaching him how to be this kind of a person.
“Dressed up like kung ano yung era, sabi ko, ’He’s a great guy, ang galing niya.’
“And hindi ko alam kung paano ko gagawin yung character niya.”